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Commissioners to decide today on backing project that includes Pro Bass Shops

Commissioners to decide on backing project including bass pro shops

Hillsborough County commissioners are scheduled to decide today whether to support a $6.25 million reimbursement to developers of a proposed Brandon retail project that would include a Bass Pro Shops store. The issue has been heavily debated for months and the subsidy — in the form of repayments for road work — has shrunk. But it still has small business owners crying foul that government would give money to a potential competitor. The discussion is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at County Center in downtown Tampa.

Ammo explodes in oven, injures woman

A young woman trying to make an evening snack ended up at the hospital Monday night after a round of ammunition exploded inside an oven. Aalaya Walker, 18, told St. Petersburg police she just wanted some waffles. What she didn't know was that her friend, Javarski "JJ" Sandy, 25, had placed a magazine from his .45-caliber Glock 21 in the oven. When Walker preheated the oven, the magazine exploded, sending fragments from at least one round into her chest and leg. Sandy told authorities there were four rounds in the magazine. "He stated that he does not have a temperature gauge on the oven so he estimates the temperature based on how far the knob is turned," an officer wrote in a report. Police called Walker's wounds superficial. They did not make any arrests.

Sheriff's Office seeks help finding this dog

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the whereabouts of a lost cattle dog, Doc. Doc escaped Saturday morning from his trailer during a trip north on Interstate 75 near the Fruitville exit in Sarasota County, deputies said. The dog, which helps herd loose cattle off roads, was paid for by agriculture Detective Lowell Cain. Doc is a mixed-breed cattle dog that weighs about 60 pounds. Anyone with information can call Sgt. Ron Cain at (813) 318-5681.

Commissioners to decide today on backing project that includes Pro Bass Shops 02/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 11:49pm]
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[Booking photo from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]